Fence construction

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by Chris, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Hi,

    I need to put up some fencing, and need a little advice...

    1) I intend to use shiplap (feather edge?) boards. Seems like 150mm is the
    standard width. How much overlap should I account for when calculating how
    much i need? I am thinking about 25mm.. suggestions?

    2) I have a wooden posts concreted in, and so i need to fit the horizontal
    rails to which i'll attach the boards. I have noticed that fencing put up by
    proper contractors use a non-square section.. the top surface slopes,
    presumable to stop rain sititng on it. I can only find 2"x2" at B&Q, so i'll
    get it from Jewson. What do I ask for? I dont want to make a tit of myself
    by describing the section over the phone :)

    3) There is gonna be a lot of nailing to do when putting the boards up. I
    have a domestic ue nailgun.. fires 40mm nails rather nicely, though they
    dont have a huge head, they are more like mini brads. What the consensus
    that this will be fine?

    4) Any other tiips welcome :)


    Cheers,
    Chris
     
    Chris, Aug 10, 2009
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  2. Chris

    zaax Guest

    Chris wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I need to put up some fencing, and need a little advice...
    >
    > 1) I intend to use shiplap (feather edge?) boards. Seems like 150mm
    > is the standard width. How much overlap should I account for when
    > calculating how much i need? I am thinking about 25mm.. suggestions?


    I over lapped mine by 1/2.

    > 2) I have a wooden posts concreted in, and so i need to fit the
    > horizontal rails to which i'll attach the boards. I have noticed that
    > fencing put up by proper contractors use a non-square section.. the
    > top surface slopes, presumable to stop rain sititng on it. I can only
    > find 2"x2" at B&Q, so i'll get it from Jewson. What do I ask for? I
    > dont want to make a tit of myself by describing the section over the
    > phone :)

    go to a timber yard - they will have lots of different types
    >
    > 3) There is gonna be a lot of nailing to do when putting the boards
    > up. I have a domestic ue nailgun.. fires 40mm nails rather nicely,
    > though they dont have a huge head, they are more like mini brads.
    > What the consensus that this will be fine?


    Only two nails per board, one for each rail. Also don't knock them in
    fully encase it needs to come down in a few years time. Actully mines
    got to come down soon and I might put them back up with screws next
    time.

    >
    > 4) Any other tiips welcome :)


    leave about 12" between the top rail and the top of the cant. So anyone
    trying to climb over it will break the board off.

    Read here
    http://www.gardeningdata.co.uk/construction/boardfence/fence_rails.php

    and google it.




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    zaax
    Frustration casues accidents: allow faster traffic to overtake.
     
    zaax, Aug 10, 2009
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  3. Chris wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I need to put up some fencing, and need a little advice...
    >
    > 1) I intend to use shiplap (feather edge?) boards. Seems like 150mm
    > is the standard width. How much overlap should I account for when
    > calculating how much i need? I am thinking about 25mm.. suggestions?


    Maybe too much, 10 - 15mm will be fine. The bigger the overlap the more
    boards you will use & the more nails you have to put in.
    >
    > 2) I have a wooden posts concreted in, and so i need to fit the
    > horizontal rails to which i'll attach the boards. I have noticed that
    > fencing put up by proper contractors use a non-square section.. the
    > top surface slopes, presumable to stop rain sititng on it. I can only
    > find 2"x2" at B&Q, so i'll get it from Jewson. What do I ask for? I
    > dont want to make a tit of myself by describing the section over the
    > phone :)


    You can buy 'cant' rails which are rectangular in cross section, but with a
    sloping top - a Trapezoid IIRC. These rails fit onto the face of the post.

    Or you can have arris rails which fit between the posts using arris rail
    brackets.
    >
    > 3) There is gonna be a lot of nailing to do when putting the boards
    > up. I have a domestic ue nailgun.. fires 40mm nails rather nicely,
    > though they dont have a huge head, they are more like mini brads.
    > What the consensus that this will be fine?


    No good at all, 18g brad is far too small.

    > 4) Any other tiips welcome :)


    Make up a jig to keep the overlap the same without having to measure every
    time and use a string line to kep the top of each board in line.


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    Dave - The Medway Handyman
    www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
     
    The Medway Handyman, Aug 10, 2009
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